Bill Michael joins Elixirr as strategic advisor

28 January 2022 2 min. read
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Elixirr has appointed Bill Michael, the former Chairman of KPMG’s British member firm, as a Strategic Advisor to the firm, who brings unparalleled experience in Financial Services.

The Australian-origin professional services veteran, who has been with the Big Four firm for close to three decades, will advise and challenge Elixirr’s partner team on strategy and growth.

“Bill is an incredibly strategic thinker, with a challenger mindset, and I know he will be a huge asset to our team as we enter our next stage of growth,” said Stephen Newton, the CEO and Founder of Elixirr. “Our ambition for this firm continues to grow, and Bill’s appointment in December 2021 marks another exciting hire for Elixirr in the Financial Services space alongside Sofia Lencastre’s joining earlier this month.”

Bill Michael, Strategic Advisor, Elixirr“Having known Bill for over 25 years and working alongside him for over half that time I have admired him as a friend and professional – he has worked his way from the ground up to where he is today, epitomising Elixirr’s entrepreneurial mindset,” Newton continued.

The son of Greek and Cypriot immigrants, Michael grew up in a working-class suburb of Melbourne. In 1993, he moved to the United Kingdom to begin his career as an accountant, and in 2005 he joined KPMG as Head of the Financial Services vertical within its Audit division.

After rising to Head of Financial Services in 2009, Michael assumed the position of Global Head of Banking and Capital Markets, and Head of Financial Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2017, he became KPMG’s UK Chairman and Senior Partner.

Commenting on his new role, Michael said, “Elixirr is at a pivotal point of its growth and it’s an incredibly exciting time to join the firm. What Stephen has built in a relatively short space of time is admirable, and it will be fantastic to join such a forward-thinking, fast paced firm.”

Founded in 2009, Elixirr is a UK-headquartered consulting firm with around 250 consultants based across the globe including London, San Francisco, New York, Sydney and Johannesburg. The listed group has previously given guidance that it expected revenues of £47-50 million in 2021.